By Huram Hung, World-Track


liuxangChinese hurdler Liu Xiang is looking forward to racing again after being sidelined with a yearlong injury that saw him failing to defend his Olympic title in Beijing last summer.

Liu, who limped off the track without clearing a single hurdle during his 110m hurdles heat at the Bird’s Nest last year because of a hamstring injury, will make his return to competitive competition at Shanghai IAAF Golden Grand Prix on Sunday.

"Well, I’m not in the bad shape at all, and I think my performance is pretty okay," Liu said at a press conference for the meeting on Friday. "There’s difficulty to anticipate what kind of result I will have.

"The competition results will be the proof of my training, and let’s just see how it goes."

Liu said he chose the Shanghai meeting to make his comeback because he wanted his first race to be a very comfortable and relaxing one.

"This is actually the first time for me to compete after my injury. Also I want to get back the feel of competition, especially this is my home town so I want to be here," he said.

"Thanks to the organizing committee and the chances given to me. For the results, I’m not concerned about it at all. I’d rather do my best."

In Shanghai, the former world record holder who was replaced last year by Cuban Dayron Robles will face Americans Terrence Trammell and Allen Johnson.

Asked if he feels pressured to make a return so quickly, after just returning to training in July following a surgery on his right Achilles tendon last December, Liu said:

"Not really. I didn’t think too much about it. All athletes in track and field are always under some risks here and there.

"I think I’m able and should compete now. I just want to get the feel about it, and didn’t think too much about anything else."

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